Marcia Jacobsen Wade

August 8, 1940July 19, 2017
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Marcia Bryan Wade, 76, after a valiant and protracted battle, has moved on to victory in Heaven. An accident in the family’s kitchen on April 25 left Marcia with third-degree burns over nearly 30 percent of her body. She was admitted to the Grady Burn Unit at Grady Memorial Hospital, one of the finest treatment facilities in the nation for burns, and placed in an induced coma. Restorative surgeries were performed and the initial work was nearly complete when a relatively unknown virus invaded her pancreas. Marcia’s weakened body succumbed on July 19, 2017. Born on August 8, 1940, in Tampa, Fla., Marcia Bryan graduated from Henry B. Plant High School in Tampa. She earned a B.S. in Education at the University of Georgia, where she met T.R. “Rogers” Wade, a fellow student and her future husband. They were married 54 years and made their home in Sandy Springs, Ga., where the UGA alumna remained an ardent Bulldog supporter. In the early years of their marriage, Marcia was employed by Eastern Air Lines and the couple enjoyed many trips, for both business and pleasure, to distant countries throughout the world. In 1972, Marcia was deeply involved in the creation and launching of Leadership Georgia, Georgia’s premiere program for developing future state leaders. She was also active in the early stages of the development of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation, where Rogers served as president and is currently chairman of the Board of Trustees. Over the decades, Marcia built and maintained friendships with the men and women who have been and are the leaders of Georgia and our nation. Hundreds of cards and letters came to Marcia during the nearly three months she was in the Grady Burn Unit’s ICU. Although she remained in an induced coma until the end, Rogers shared with her the outpouring of love and the torrent of prayers from people from all over America. A beloved friend, a gracious Southern belle, role model and trusted confidante to all who knew her, Marcia’s life and the love she gave her husband will be in the hearts and minds of all who were fortunate to cross her path during her 76 years with us. Her heartfelt presence will be missed by many. Marcia was preceded in death by her parents, Jones and Eula Bryan of Tampa, Fla., and is survived by her husband, Rogers Wade of Atlanta and her cousins, Linda Gettle, of Cartersville, Ga., and Nancy Wade and Caroline Pierce of Chattanooga. A memorial service will be held Friday, July 28 at 11 a.m. at Sandy Springs Chapel, with visitation from 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the UGA Foundation and noted for Marcia B. Wade Student Intern Scholarship; mailed to UGA Libraries, Administrative Office, Athens, GA 30602-1641.

You are invited to join other friends following the memorial service for a buffet lunch at the Capital City Club at Brookhaven, 53 West Brookhaven Drive, N.E. Atlanta, Georgia 30319.



  • Visitation Friday, July 28, 2017
  • Memorial Service Friday, July 28, 2017


  • Interment

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Anne and Doug Mitchell

August 3, 2017

Rogers, Doug and I are so sorry to learn about Marcia and her valiant struggle with her life. We adore both of you and have such great respect and admiration for everything you have accomplished. We send our heartfelt prayers and love to you.

J Roy Rowland

July 28, 2017

It has been several years since I saw you in person, but I will always treasure the close working relationship that we had for so many years in the rough and tumble world of politics and public service. You were always a loyal and trustworthy source of accurate information when I needed it. I shall always be grateful to you. So I want you to know that I give my deepest sympathy in this time of such pain for you. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Sunny Park

July 26, 2017

How are you doing Rogers? Marcia wants you to be relax and take care of your self easy, I hope you do exactly that.
Marcia has no more pain! We loved her!

July 26, 2017

Rogers, so sorry! we all will truly miss her and know that we and so many of your brothers and friends will be there for you always. Al and Susan Garrett

Andy and Janice Davis

July 24, 2017

Rogers, we are sorry for your loss. Marcia and you have meant so much to me. Janice and I will keep you in our prayers and thoughts. We are unable to be with you Friday but will be thinking of you. God bless you.

Audrey and Selvin Hollingsworth

July 24, 2017

Rogers, Selvin and I will continue to pray for you during this difficult time. We are deeply saddened by the passing of your lovely wife, Marcia. Please know that you remain in our thoughts as we mourn with you.


July 22, 2017

May the God of all comfort strengthen the family during this time of deep sorrow. Those who pass on, God keeps in his memory because they are precious in his eyes. My sincerest condolences. (Psalms 116:15)

Fred Sumter

July 22, 2017

Just wanted you to know that you are in our thoughts and
prayers at this sad time.

Frank Redwine

July 22, 2017


Tish and I are so sorry to hear of Marcia's passing. She will be missed by many.


July 22, 2017

Rogers, I am so deeply saddened over the news of Marcia's passing, please know that I truly know what you are going through and I am sending many prayers to you & family. If I can help in any way, please don't hesitate to contact me...Jo Ann (Mrs. Walter) Lampe